Thursday, August 9, 2012

There is a beauty ...

Alaska
"There is a beauty,
odd and distant at times, to this place
that is not lost in the darkness.
You yearn for these mountains,
ache to touch the skyline.
And sounding the wind's siren call
into your soul with each breath,
you are drawn to search
for its pulse,
full certain you will never hold it for long ..."
Author Unknown


We have been home for a couple of days and I've been sorting through my overwhelming supply of photos from our trip to Alaska.  Even in our original planning, we were overwhelmed with the choices of what to see.  But since we only had four days and wanted everything within driving distance from Anchorage, we settled upon the Kenai Peninsula which sets south of Anchorage.

And what a good choice that was!  The area was rich with glaciers, whales, hiking, little fishing towns, bears, moose, serious salmon fishing and high mountains.  I provided a map to give you a bit of an idea of the area we were in.  Our first night destination was Homer which sits on the south end of the peninsula and then two nights in Seward on the east side.  But more on those locations later.


As soon as we flew into Anchorage, we hit the road and drove down Highway 1, which some claim to be one of the world's great drives.  It is filled with wetlands, meadows and tundras as far as the eye can see.  Here is a very small sampling of our afternoon drive.








All kinds of transportation is used to get around this expansive state.
Trains, planes, boats, bikes, and automobiles.
With small seaplanes, you can get almost anywhere.

 




But for us, driving was the best choice.  We took in all this beauty and hopefully, here and there, catch a few critters along the way.  Bears are quite common along the roadway but unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we never came upon any.




Bald eagles were everywhere but do you think I could ever capture a good photo.  Sheesh!





 Hope you enjoyed this drive with me.  
I have several more posts to share.  
Remember?  
I have over 2,000+ photos! 

*snort*

But I'll spare you Alaska overload. 
 It's just that is is a photographer's paradise!



Later my friends,


49 comments:

Brian Miller said...

my goodness...those mountains are just breathtaking...can imagine all the more in person....and a moose! i want to see a moose live sometime...

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous! love that big ol' moose!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

You must have felt like you had died and gone to photo heaven. As usual, your shots are beautiful.

CherryPie said...

It looks absolutely amazing!!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I want to get there one day. In the meantime you've shared some lovely gimpses. Thank you!

Rohrerbot said...

These are incredibly gorgeous. I so want to visit this state. Your road trip shots are inspiring. The shots are all very iconic of the area....and that moose!!! Wonderful pics:) Thanks for sharing....and please share those 2000+ pics. I don't think you'll hear any of us complain:)

Dianne said...

What a wonderfu drive Reena ...the scenery is absolutely magical and I can understand why it's a photographers paradise ...I look forward to seeing many more captures of this amazing corner of the world.

Hartwood Roses said...

What beautiful scenery!! I recognize everything you have here ... just returned two weeks ago from our own trip to Alaska ... in fact, that cruise ship looks like the one we were one for the first part of our Alaskan adventure. (Statendam?)

I admire your dedication to sort and publish photos so soon after your homecoming. I have 1600+ photos of my own and I have been too occupied with home stuff to sift through them up until now.

beth said...

alaska i think is now on my bucket list :)

Grace said...

Beautiful pictures...a feast for our eyes ~ thanks ~

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena!!
You are in the most beautiful place in the USA... You are right it is a photographers paradise. 2,000 pics that is hilarious. I thought the 500 I came home with was a lot!!

Your pics brought back so many wonderful memories. I look forward to more. I must catch up with your post.
Hugs
C

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh my the beauty along Turn Again Arm!!!! Wasn't Seward just the neatest little town? Did you do the Sea Life Center? Go for coffee in the converted Church? Oh, what fun you must have had. (Sigh)

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I forgot about Potter's Marsh. Did you stop there?

Country Girl said...

Oh, how gorgeous!! I think I would love Alaska! More more more!!

Beth said...

ok, i said it once & i will say it again & again. bore me with Alaska pics. awesome!! what unbelievable views. wow!! almost like you can reach out & touch them. amazing!! is that what the lady was doing ... reaching to the heavens? wow. i'm going to go back & drool more. wow, i hope to make it there one day soon. GOD willing & the creek don't rise. ha. ha!! (:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great photos. You have a good eye for what makes for a good photograph.

Sharkbytes said...

I've never been to Alaska- so spectacular!

Sylvia K said...

Such incredible beauty and what fantastic captures! They're the next best thing to being there! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip! Love the mountains and, of course, the moose! I look forward to seeing more! Have a great weekend, Reena!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

WOW! I'm completely gobsmacked. Breathtaking photos. O_0 Now I know for sure this will have to be a place for me to lug my big lens. Holy cow.

Caroline said...

Wow...these images are incredible!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your photos are stunning, just like Alaska is!! Your amazing photos make me wish I'd taken more pictures when we lived there, but I just didn't and I took it all for granted. But you were in my old stomping grounds of Anchorage. Portage, Seward were my favorite places, but the views on Cook Inlet are truly breathtaking and your photos have captured it all perfectly!! I'll look forward to seeing more of your pictures!!

Gillian Olson said...

Gorgeous scenery,and terrific picture of the moose.

Evelyn S. said...

You are a veritable world traveler, aren't you? Amazing locations...amazing photos and edits! (Our great-niece and her husband live in Kenai; her mother and father just moved to Colorado after several years there.)

bill lisleman said...

It's great traveling around scenery like that. It must be hard not to stop every mile. I've never been up there but given the location I would imagine some of the road is just gravel - it that right and did you have any trouble with just a rental car?

Pat Tillett said...

WOW! That is one AMAZING and beautiful group of photos!
Really nice...

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Breathtakingly beautiful. Wonderfully captured. I look
forward to seeing more.

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I love your Alaska photos. The mountains are beautiful and the wildlife sounds and looks abundant. It is a great place to take photos. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing more of your trip. Have a great weekend.

rainfield61 said...

THESE MOUNTAINS..!!!!

I am falling in love with them.

Claudia said...

Just glorious.

xo
Claudia

Kathryn said...

Stunning images, love the moose. I saw Alaska when we did a cruise with my husbands family. I really wish we'd been able to do a driving tour instead as we didn't get to see much wildlife from the ship.

Ivanhoe said...

Oh my goodness! So much beauty at one place and you captured it just perfectly! More please :)
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

islandwonder said...

The photos are breathtaking.

bobbybegood1 said...

Breathtaking photos! Yes, Alaska is on my bucklist. Wonderful. Cheers!!

S. Etole said...

Truly magnificent views.

Pat said...

Fabulous scenery!

Mark said...

Words can not describe what you shared. What a beautiful State.

Kerri said...

Please don't spare us! I want to see them all. It looks so lovely!! I think I would have had to stop every 10 minutes for photo ops! You got some great ones!!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Simply breathtaking! Love the processing and looks like you really enjoyed your trip!

Liza said...

Beyond lovely. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh, more please!
do share more, won't you.
nourishes my soul so:)
-Jennifer

Hilary said...

What wonderful images. I'd love to go to Alaska one day but maybe now, I don't have to. Thanks for bringing me there with your lovely photos.

beanbags said...

These sure is beautiful. Those photos are sinfully gorgeous. The views are incredibly breathtaking.

Linda R said...

I just knew I was going to love these photos. They are Beautiful. I sure would love to visit there someday..

Hugs~

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, fabulous views. I am greeting

Suldog said...

WOW! The blues in those mountains, and in the sky... absolutely stunning! I'd never really considered Alaska for a vacation, but thoughts are now forming...

Amish Stories said...

Your images are so pretty its almost unreal! Wow and well done. Richard

Daryl said...

did you rent or borrow that huge lens and did you get the Prof to be your lens toter??????????

Cynthia Schelzig said...

yes, what a paradise indeed...you captured it perfectly. I know I went hysterical when I saw a moooooose walking along the highway!!! What a place isn´t it....you make me want to revisit:)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The scenery is stunning, majestic!